Muhammad Ali has been honoured by his hometown, Louisville Kentucky, which has renamed its airport after its most famous son.
The new name is Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he’s proud of the decision to rename the airport.
“Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville.”
Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown. Today’s decision to change the name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is a major piece of a broader effort to celebrate those deep ties.
The move to rename the airport came after more than a year of study and comes with the blessing of Ali’s family.
His widow, Lonnie Ali says, “I am happy that visitors from far and wide who travel to Louisville will have another touch point to Muhammad and be reminded of his open and inclusive nature, which is reflective of our city. Muhammad was a global citizen, but he never forgot the city that gave him his start.”